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The day was bright, clear, and sunny. A soft breeze rustled the leaves of the large oak tree that stands strong and tall in my front yard. It was peaceful. Yet, approximately five hundred miles away, there was chaos.
Twelve years have passed since hijacked planes, controlled by terrorists, crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center and the west wing of the Pentagon, killing thousands of people. Those images of terror will never be forgotten and have changed our world forever. Yet at the same time, it had also brought many countries together in a common bond to offer their support to our American neighbours as they grieved this horrific tragedy.
Today, a memorial stands as a tribute of remembrance to honour the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks. The memorial's twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.
The Congress of the United States has been debating whether to sanction President Obama's urging of military action against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own citizens. Once again, it is a time of uncertainty. Let us place our hope in the living God Who sees everyone's future and Who is in charge. Let us pray for wisdom and patience as world leaders stand up for justice. Let us pray for world peace.
Isaiah 26:3-4 – You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. (NLT)
Prayer: Almighty God, cleanse our hearts from hatred and jealousy. Remove anything that would entice us to overpower and control others. Fill our human hearts with love and forgiveness. Transform our hearts of envy, hatred, jealousy, and non-forgiveness into hearts of love. Help us to trust in You and know that You are in control. Amen.
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Amen Thank you Rosie – beautifully stated.
Well said, Rosy.
It is a prayer and sentiment in my small group too. We often pray for world peace.
Too many people though are so filled with hatred that salvation is the only road they need, but it is not always the road they choose to take.
Meantime, we can continue to pray for love to fill the hearts of terrorists – worldwide and for peace to fill their spirits.
Excellent message, Rosy. Thank you.
My heartfelt thanks for your prayer this morning. I know you refer to countries that are at odds AGAIN.
I also think of a couple of my six (remaining) children who are continually digging up the past and causing grief for my family.
God bless you for your encouragement.
Thank you for all the devotionals you bring to us.
May God continue to guide us all.
Thanks for that reminder of the horror of the suffering caused by a surprise attack. Some may not know that our Daily Devotional and Prayerline founder and sustainer Rev. Robin Ross has a son who was working near the Twin Towers at the time it was demolished, and survived. Robin wrote and preached a fine sermon about the events surrounding that tragic day. Let us see these issues from a world perspective, such as also to pray for the families of more than 5000 babies who die daily. Not just 3000 once. Let us continue to use our resources to prevent such immense daily tragedy through P.W.S. & D. missions serving mothers of children under 5 years of age, and through informing our politicians and the public. Infants die because of malnutrition and lack of sewage treatment. Even today raw sewage from all ships and many seaside homes, goes directly into our oceans untreated. Properly composted it could be fertilizer rather than the poison that is destroying fisheries. Even our rivers are contaminated in this way. I wept in 1969 when I first learned that was happening to the St. Lawrence River.
Rosy, Your words are always so perfect. Our world is certainly in turmoil but out Heavenly Father is near. I hang on to Him everyday.
Thanks for this devotional Rosey,
It seems as if we go from one crisis to another in these uncertain days. Your submission for today brought to my mind all the comforting words from Scripture that tell us to be calm when we hear of wars and rumors of war. Your verse from Isaiah was particularly appropriate.